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If you plan to celebrate the New Year on the 31st, there's one more activity you can add to your list, that hasn't been available in the past.

During the last legislative session, lawmakers decided to allow fireworks to be sold for New Years and not just the Fourth of July.

Not many North Dakotans can say they've lit fireworks in the state with a fresh coat of snow on the ground. In fact the last time they were sold this time of year was for the millennium.

"We're really excited for another selling season. We're used to just selling June 27- July 5,"say Shannon Knutson, Memory Fire Works.  

But now fireworks can be sold across the state from December 26 until January 1.

"So far people are really excited and some kids just want to get a few little items to light. But I think it will be different, it will be really interesting to see what people are wanting," says Knutson.

"And if you think they're only selling a few select items like sparklers you're wrong. They have a full stock just like on the Fourth of July."

"We have a few new things. We're really promoting our rainbow series for colorful, to fill up the sky with that for the winter. And we're doing $10 off of that," says Knutson.

 If you do decide to buy some this year it's important to keep in mind where you can light them off.

"Bismarck residents do need to remember that they are still illegal to have in possession or to be fired within city limits," says Officer Pat Renz. 

If you plan to light them off in Mandan it's OK as long as it's between the hours of 5 p.m. on December 31 and 1 a.m. on January 1. This excludes bottle rockets which are prohibited. Anyone caught lighting them off at a different time could face a $75 fine.

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